The Bible says, “No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.” (1)

 

How many wise leaders have their been? I suspect very few. I was impressed with Nelson Mandela and the way he sought to bring about national reconciliation at the end of South Africa’s apartheid era. Konrad Adenauer, the first chancellor of West Germany after World War II, had an outstanding reputation for the way he helped to unify Europe and rebuild his country. Winston Churchill showed a lot of wisdom and strength during the same war years. We all thought Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar would be a wise leader, but then came the Rohingya crisis which has destroyed her international reputation. I’m sure there are more but I struggle to think of any, certainly not in my lifetime.

 

One of the world’s first leaders, who I’ve mentioned previously, was a man called Nimrod. He chose to reject God and set up his own kingdom. He was very influential and many followed him. He was involved in building the infamous Tower of Babel which you may have heard about. Many have followed his example and have rejected God, leading to some of the worst leaders we could imagine. Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, and others like them have brought so much suffering into the world. Millions have lost their lives because of their ‘wisdom’ in rejecting God and striking out on their own. Men like them may rise again.

 

There is no one like God. He existed before this world was created. It is in fact his creation. He is perfect in every respect, including in wisdom. He never makes mistakes, he never gets it wrong, he only and always does what is right. Everything he does for mankind is meant for our good.

 

God must be very sad at what he sees men doing. He had such high hopes for us, but since Adam first sinned in the Garden of Eden he has had to watch us continually getting it wrong. All the time we pride ourselves on our achievements and how great we think we are doing. We convince ourselves the world is getting better and better, when in reality we’re leading the world towards oblivion. Thankfully, God will never let it get that far.

 

The Bible also says, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” (2)

 

It’s tragic how men have rejected God, convinced themselves that he doesn’t exist and chosen to live without him. What they do, what we do, in making that decision is to make the world a terrible place in which to live. It separates us from God and makes an eternal life with him impossible. He sees our nonsense and he laughs at it, our futile attempts to rule ourselves. He knows it’s a ridiculous idea.

 

Thankfully, this same God, for reasons beyond my understanding, still loves us despite our rejection of him, and instead of meeting our rejection with his rejection he chooses instead to love us in a most remarkable way. He shows it by sending his Son, Jesus, to die for us. He is saying in effect, “You may reject me but I am not rejecting you. I want you to be with me through all eternity.” God is our creator and our rightful king. He is the king of the nations, the king of all kings. Come to him in faith. Acknowledge his salvation through Jesus and his right to expect your obedience. Love him and live for him.

 

Bible References:

  • Jeremiah 10:6,7
  • Psalm 2:1-4